Grey to Green Early Bird Discount Ends on April 7

April 1, 2016 at 1:17 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

We are 2 months away from the 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference on Green Infrastructure and Climate Change presented by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (GRHC) and just under 1 week away from their Early Bird Registration!

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Held in Toronto, ON on June 1 – 4 at Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science, Grey to Green 2016 is about helping us understand the value of green infrastructure (bioswales, green roofs and walls, urban forests, etc.) as an important tool in the fight to both mitigate against and adapt to climate change.

As a Media Partner once again of the 2016 Grey to Green Conference, Greenroofs.com is pleased to share more info with you from GRHC:

Highlights

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June 1: Training courses including rooftop agriculture, green wall design, advanced green roof maintenance, low impact development course, and an introduction to green infrastructure.

June 2, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Networking on the Lake at the Amsterdam BrewHouse Evening Reception – sure to be lots of fun!

June 2-3: Experience more than 60 expert speakers – see the full agenda online at www.greytogreenconference.org.  By the way, I’ll also be speaking this year at Grey to Green where I’ll be presenting the “Top 10 Green Infrastructure Eco-Agents in a Climate-Changing World.”

June 4: Tour Toronto’s fantastic green infrastructure projects.

And, the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition is going to release a ground breaking, first time study on the status of the urban forest in the Greater Toronto Area during the event, and the Canadian Minister of Energy and Climate Change, Glen Murray, has confirmed his participation as a keynote speaker.

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Most importantly for now is for you to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount which ends on April 7 to save up to $100 off on the Delegate Pass!  With the Canadian/American exchange rate, Americans can expect a savings of 30%.  (Of course, the exchange rate is subject to change.)

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“The 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference is about living green infrastructure and its ability to provide tangible, scientifically proven solutions to the challenges of climate change, particularly in cities. We are in the solutions business! Green roofs, green walls, bioswales and urban forests can help us mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption directly in buildings and indirectly by reducing the urban heat island effect. Green infrastructure can also be designed to capture and retain huge volumes of stormwater in a ‘treatment train’ from the roofs, to the walls to the streets and so on. This helps us reduce the risk of flooding, which is costing billions in insurance claims. Green infrastructure also provides new opportunities for us to produce food, in and around buildings.

“Living green infrastructure has so much to offer us in terms of mitigating and adapting to climate change, and it is all but ignored by provincial and federal policy makers who are poised to spend billions and billions of public dollars on grey infrastructure alone in the coming months, and little to nothing on green infrastructure. Together we need to work to change that.” ~ Steven Peck, GRHC

If you haven’t already, make sure to read the Sky Gardens Blog post “Living Green Infrastructure is at the Heart of Grey to Green 2016” by Steven Peck.

Investment in living green infrastructure within our communities will help us mitigate and adapt to climate change and to stimulate much needed employment for a broad range of professionals, and Grey to Green 2016 highlights this goal.

For more information visit their website at www.greytogreenconference.org.

~ Linda V.

Living Green Infrastructure is at the Heart of Grey to Green 2016

March 11, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Guest Post by Steven Peck

All Photos Courtesy of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities

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With 2015 being the hottest year on record, it is becoming increasingly obvious that something is very wrong with the climate in the world.  This message is being driven home almost weekly through the media.  Two months ago, you may recall, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded threatened to wipe Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from the map.  Thankfully, it lost much of its lethal power before making landfall.  In today’s paper, there is an article about snakes migrating northward in response to climate change, and the challenges that bumblebees are facing due to warming temperatures.  These species need to adapt and fast.

Meanwhile, in the Arctic, methane is bubbling out of the ground furiously as permafrost melts.  The ice cap that covers the top of the earth continues to shrink, imperiling the safety of ancient hunting paths used by the Inuit and the very survival of polar bears which need the ice in order to hunt seals.  To the far southern reaches of our planet, incomprehensibly large Antarctic ice sheets are breaking away from the land, and slipping into the ocean.  Their mass is so enormous that they alone will raise the level of the world’s oceans and cause more flooding in coastal cities.

In the face of such dramatic changes, we need to both reduce greenhouse gases rapidly, and adapt quickly to the changes that are already upon us.  This involves embracing new technologies and new ways of designing buildings and planning cities, in a manner that allows us to prepare for extreme weather events, such as severe storms which bring floods, and extreme heat.

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Held in Toronto on June 1 through June 4, 2016, the 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference is about living green infrastructure and its ability to provide tangible, scientifically proven solutions to the challenges of climate change, particularly in cities.  We are in the solutions business!  Green roofs, green walls, bioswales, and urban forests can help us mitigate greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy consumption directly in buildings and indirectly by reducing the urban heat island effect.  We can also use plants to pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, locking them in the soil and tissue of plants.  Green infrastructure can also be designed to capture and retain huge volumes of stormwater in a ‘treatment train’ from the roofs, to the walls, to the streets, and so on.  This helps us reduce the risk of flooding, which is costing billions in insurance claims.  Green infrastructure also provides new opportunities for us to produce food, in and around buildings.

At Grey to Green will explore the wide breadth of these, and even more opportunities that living technologies provide to allow us to prepare for climate change and make our cities more livable.

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Grey to Green starts on Tuesday, June 1st with training courses on subjects like rooftop agriculture, green wall design, advanced green roof maintenance, a low impact development course, and introduction to green infrastructure.  The conference the formally kicks off on Wednesday morning at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto, with over 50 speakers from Canada and the U.S. covering a wide range of topics.  There are research, design, and policy sessions, covering topics ranging from the urban heat island mitigation and green streets policies to stormwater utilities and green infrastructure for renewable energy systems.

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Toronto is a safe city and very walkable city.  The evening reception and craft beer tasting will take place at the Amsterdam Brewery and Restaurant located on the beautiful Toronto Waterfront, right in the middle of the Harbourfront, which offers free concerts, arts galleries and serves as a gateway to the Toronto Islands, just a short ferry ride away.  On Friday there will be more technical sessions and the launch of a major project that has benchmarked the status of the urban and regional forest in the Greater Toronto Area.  We also provide you with the opportunity for you to explore Toronto, a world class city bursting with arts and culture.  Toronto is now called – The Six – for you Drake Fans.  Saturday there are additional opportunities for guided tours of the Six’s research facilities, green roofs and walls, and amazing projects, such as the former site of the Pan Am Games.

Given the strength of the US dollar, American attendees can expect to save 30 per cent or more on all of their expenses in Toronto.  Thirty per cent!  There are also thousands of AirBNB sites available for low cost accommodations and we have reserved some space at Ryerson student village starting at $80 per night or less.

This June, come to the 4th Annual Grey to Green Conference – the cutting edge conference on green infrastructure and climate change, and take an extra day or two to explore Toronto if you can.  We look forward to seeing you this summer and to advancing our collective ability to take on the challenge of climate change and turn it into an opportunity!

Sincerely yours,

~ Steven Peck

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Steven Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA
Founder and President
Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Founder, Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition
Co-Founder, World Green Infrastructure Network
Tel: 416-971-4494 ext. 233
www.greenroofs.org

CitiesAlive Green Roofs and Wall Conference 2016 Call for Paper and Poster Abstracts

February 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

It’s time to get your creative juices rolling for the 2016 CitiesAlive Green Roofs and Wall Conference!

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Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is seeking presentation proposals for its 14th Annual CitiesAlive Green Roofs and Wall Conference to be held in Washington, DC on November 1-4, 2016.  This year’s conference theme is stormwater management – policies, technologies, design and best management practices.

As you know, Washington, DC is currently a leader in green roof implementation and policy and stormwater management is a critically important requirement here as well as many other jurisdictions.

Topic areas include:

  • How to maximize stormwater retention – technologies and design;
  • Policy best management practices – “feebates”, grant programs, credits, minimum standards, construction standards, maintenance standards;
  • Green roofs and walls as part of an integrated building & site approach to stormwater management – case studies;
  • The economics (costs + benefits) of various best management practices for stormwater retention – comparing apples to apples – short and medium term perspectives;
  • Looking beyond stormwater to other tangible benefits and the role of private investment;
  • Design and testing methods and measurement tools;
  • Stormwater economics – flooding, erosion control, tanks;
  • Stormwater as a resource – rainwater harvesting best practices, storage and irrigation systems. ~ CitiesAlive 2016

Please complete your submission online by February 26, 2016.

Read about the Application Process; Research, Design, and Policy Tracks; Benefits of presenting at CitiesAlive; Detailed Speaker Timeline, and much more here.

Haven Kiers and I will be submitting ours soon (probably at the last minute, as usual) for our 2016 Top 10 Lit of Hot Trends in Greenroof & Greenwall Design ~ make sure you don’t miss the deadline for yours!

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP

Call for Submittals on Kinetic Living Architecture

January 29, 2016 at 11:05 am

By Linda S. Velazquez
Greenroofs.com Publisher

The Journal of Living Architecture (JOLA), a Green Roofs for Healthy Cities publication, has issued a Call for Submittals for manuscripts for the special topic issue of Kinetic Living Architecture.

What does this entail?  Mobile, movable, and kinetic forms of living architecture.  This is a great opportunity for you to share your research:

“This themed issue will profile the current state of projects, describe research findings, and deliver commentary to advance our understanding of living architecture that possesses movable traits or specific kinetic characteristics for green roofs, biofilters, screens, and walls. All submittal and dissemination will proceed within the Journal of Living Architecture’s current, peer-reviewed, open access format.” ~ JOLA Call for Submittals

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Submission Categories:

Commentary articles challenge or present an opinion on an issue of concern to the living architecture industry, or discuss a manuscript previously published in the JOLA. [1500-2500 words]
Ideas at Work describe novel ideas, innovative programs and new methods of interest to professionals. [1500-2500 words]
Tools of the Trade report on specific materials, books, techniques and technologies useful to professionals. [1500-2500 words]
Research in Brief manuscripts summarize research results of importance to living architecture professionals. The focus of a Research in Brief manuscript is more specific than a Feature. [1500-2500 words]
Feature manuscripts discuss concepts and research findings of particular significance to living architecture professionals and to the living architecture knowledge base, methodology, practice and organization.
Visuals drawings, maps or graphic communication that represents living architecture knowledge. (exploratory section).

Contact Info:

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For all inquiries contact Reid Coffman, MLA, Ph.D., JOLA Special Issue Editor and Co-Editor in Chief at: rcoffma4@kent.edu

Important Dates:

Notification of Interest: March 1, 2016
Manuscripts Due: June 1, 2016
Projected Publication: Fall 2016

Although the JOLA is published exclusively on GRHC’s Living Architecture Monitor magazine website, we certainly want to help to spread the word to our research community!

~ Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEEP AP, GRP